Public Works and Utilities Director Miki Esposito has named Michael Davis, the Transit Manager of Operations for Los Alamos County, New Mexico, as StarTran Transit Manager for the City of Lincoln. His tentative starting date is June 3.
"The StarTran Division of Public Works and Utilities has established a strong foundation on which to build," Esposito said. "Equipped with dedicated and hardworking staff, I'm thrilled about this new era of leadership. We look forward to the ideas, programs and innovations Mike will bring to the system and are extremely optimistic about StarTran's future."
Davis has been in his current position since 2007 and has 15 years of progressive experience managing public transportation projects, programs and initiatives. He has held positions in transit administration and operations for Johnson County, Kansas; Mesa, Arizona; Billings, Montana; and Aspen, Colorado. He has a bachelor's degree in urban planning and geography from the University of Utah and a master's degree in urban planning from the University of Kansas.
"I am very excited to be coming to Lincoln to manage StarTran," Davis said. "I look forward to bringing new ideas to the transit system as well as expanding on the strengths already inherent in the system. My experience and education are a good fit for this job, especially since I have strong planning and managerial skills. I am also impressed with the people I will be working with which is important to bring the transit system to a higher level. In the coming weeks, I look forward to getting to know the community and meeting key stakeholders."
Larry Worth, who headed StarTran since 1995, retired in March. He had worked for the City's transit system for 40 years. Under his direction, StarTran became a leader in the use of alternative fuels and was the first transit system in the U.S. to be completely ADA-compliant.
Esposito thanked Mike Weston who will continue to serve as Acting Transit Manager until Davis arrives.
The StarTran division of the City Public Works and Utilities Department served more than two million passengers in the 2011-2012 fiscal year. StarTran has about 120 employees and a budget of about $11.3 million, including about $6.5 in City funds. Its fleet includes 62 full-sized buses and 13 handi-vans. More information is available at startran.lincoln.ne.gov.